Protect Young Girls by Ending Child Marriages

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Target: Stuti Narain Kacker, Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, India

Goal: End the practice of child marriage, which robs millions of young girls of their childhood and education.

Save the Children has found that a girl younger than 15 is forced into a child marriage nearly every seven seconds. In some cases, girls as young as 10 are married to men more than twice their age, impregnated, and left alone before they reach their teens.

Around the world, there are 700 million child brides. India has the highest number of child marriages in the world. More than 20 million young girls below the age of 18 are married in India every single year. This is due to India’s large population. In many of the countries in which child marriage is high, there is also a wide economic gap, so poor families send their daughters to marry into richer families.

Child marriages negatively impact the lives and futures of young girls around the world. These young girls are never given the chance to go to school and acquire an education that can help them better their lives. Instead, they are forced into marriage and motherhood while they are still children themselves.

Sign the petition to demand that the nation of India, which has the highest number of child brides, take steps to outlaw the practice and let young girls live and acquire an education.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Stuti Narain Kacker,

A new report sheds an alarming light on India’s number of child marriages. Tens of millions of young girls are forced into marriages with men more than twice their age every single year. This negatively impacts the future of an entire generation of women and their ability to educate themselves.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, or NCPCR, has taken large strides towards protecting children and ending child labor. I ask that your organization continue its efforts and work with the Indian government to bring an end to this disturbing practice so that young girls can simply be children.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Prakhar Amba

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    girls need school not marriages!

  2. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    “Woman must be given the same opportunities as man for perfecting herself in the attainments of learning, science and arts. God has created the man and the woman equal, why should she be deprived of exercising the fullest opportunities afforded by life? Why should we ever raise the question of superiority and inferiority?
    If the mother is educated then her children will be well taught. When the mother is wise, then will the children be led into the path of wisdom. If the mother be religious she will show her children how they should love God. If the mother is moral she guides her little ones into the ways of uprightness.

    It is clear therefore that the future generation depends on the mothers of today. Is not this a vital responsibility for the woman? Does she not require every possible advantage to equip her for such a task?”
    Bahai Faith

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